Originally Posted by Tempeh-Tantrums
They're great IF you like that style of cooking-seasoning-ingredients, or IF you always need a recipe/can't cook "outside the box" or IF you're blindly following the vegan fad-of-the-year. Otherwise? Eh, plenty of BETTER cookbooks and writers and tastier vegan recipes out there.
As someone who cooks simple meals from scratch most of the time without strictly following a written recipe (in fact when trying new recipes, I tend to change and add to them right away), and who doesnt have access to many vegan cookbooks at bookstores or libraries to flip through them and compare, I have to rely on online reviews and recommendations.
I found that (chron. order of purchase backw.) Veganomicon, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World, ExtraVeganZa, Vive le Vegan! and Professional Vegetarian Cooking (see this earlier post
for authors and brief descriptions) all came up to my expectations in their own way, and I have taken lots of valuable information and inspiration from all of them since.
I would recommend VCON over VWAV especially to someone who is looking for a first or only vegan cookbook, because it is clearly structured, easy to follow, and works.
Of course it all depends on your individual preferences, dietary history, and cooking skills.
Probably for someone who is already an expert at several ethnic gourmet cuisines it is much too simple, and for another person who is seeking one to one imitations of SAD meat & potato dishes it is too alternative.
But to another one it may be just the change and challenge he needed to appreciate vegan food and cooking.
Everyone has to find out on their own I guess.